Seasonal Field Crew Lead in Forest, Vegetation, and Fire Ecology

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Seasonal Field Crew Lead in Forest, Vegetation, and Fire Ecology Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary 201902118261 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $37,187 - $43,785 Position Information A seasonal field crew lead is needed to conduct vegetation inventory and monitoring projects in support of ecological research on public lands in southern California (primarily the Angeles National Forest). The field crew leader will collect technical data on forest and shrubland stand structure, tree mortality, species diversity, vegetation regeneration, and landscape characteristics at remote field sites. The candidate will help guide a small field crew, plan field trips and be responsible for equipment and data management throughout the season. US Forest Service ecologists and UC Riverside research staff will supervise the field crew leader.

Field methods, equipment, and safety training will be provided. Housing will not be provided. During the work week, crews will usually be car camping, with campsites paid for by the employer. Campsites will change periodically depending on duration of work at each site. In some limited cases, the crew may be required to backpack into remote areas for multi-day overnight stays. These campsites lack running water and restrooms. When available, USFS operated bunkhouses will be provided to the crew. The crew will be provided with a vehicle, but crew members are responsible for their own transportation to and from the duty station at the beginning and end of the work week. Some driving may be on remote and rugged roads.

Specific projects may include post fire regeneration monitoring, evaluation of fuel treatment effectiveness, and vegetation monitoring in areas experiencing bark beetle mortality. Most field work will follow a modified common stand exam or line-point intercept protocols. Minimum Requirements Locate field sites using topographic maps and handheld GPS units; conduct field sampling of vegetation in forested and shrub-dominated vegetation types (community structure, tree mortality, species diversity, vegetation regeneration) and forest fuels, soils, hydrology, and other ecological parameters; examples of possible protocols to be used include Common Stand Exams, Line-point Intercept, Forest Inventory and Analysis (modified). Field protocols, experimental design and site selection will be completed by the supervisor

Upload and/or file collected data and photos on a daily or weekly basis; carefully check for missing data or data collection errors before leaving field sites; inventory field equipment on a regular basis and conduct maintenance as necessary; ensure all provided field equipment is accounted for; conduct data entry at an office location, likely using Microsoft Excel or Access. Data compilation and summarization will be led by the supervisor.

Coordinate logistics of field travel with assistance from the supervisor; communicate crew issues and schedules to the supervisor; conduct regular reporting of mileage of provided field vehicle and ensure vehicle maintenance schedule is followed Preferred Qualifications Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in ecology, forestry, range science, or related natural science field. Excellent organizational skills for planning, data management, crew management, and equipment management. Ability to take a leadership role and make executive decisions when needed. Experience with standard conifer forest vegetation data collection methods. Ability to identify California plants to the species level using a dichotomous key. Familiarity with ecophysiological techniques (e.g. xylem pressure potential, live fuel moisture). Experience working with complex data recording equipment. Experience in use of map, compass, and GPS units for location and travel. CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified (certification may be accomplished after job offer is made, with registration cost paid by the employer)units for location and travel. Experience with backcountry camping. Ability to maintain a positive attitude in physically demanding and/or uncomfortable conditions and enthusiasm for the type of work to be conducted. Additional Information In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.


  • UC Riverside was included in the (August 2018) edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 382 Colleges."

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2017) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 institutions. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities."

  • In 2016, UCR was recognized for graduation rate success by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for achieving near parity across racial-ethnic, socio-economic, and gender boundaries.

  • UCR ranks among the Top 15 Public Research Universities in the nation, as identified by the 2017 Washington Monthly.

  • In 2017, two separate reports from the Education Trust celebrated UCR as a national leader for African American and Latino student success. UCR was one of just three schools to be named top-performing institutions in both reports and the only California campus recognized among 18 top-performing colleges and universities in the nation for high black student graduation rates.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview
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Posted: 2/28/2019
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